The world’s fastest 2D camera is here. Engineers have created the fastest 2D camera to date. Th 2D camera captures an incredible 100 billion frames per second. It is many times faster than any currently receive-only ultrafast imaging techniques.
The new 2D camera differs from other receive-only ultrafast imaging techniques which are limited by factors such as on-chip storage and electronic readout speed to operations of about 10 million frames per second. The new 2D camera employs a revolutionary new technique which is known as compressed ultrafast technology (CUP). The latest technique enabled the researchers to make movies of the images they took with single laser shots of four distinct physical phenomenon- laser pulse reflection, refraction, faster-than light propagation of what is called non-information and photon racing in two media.
Lihong Wang, one of the researchers, in a news release said, “For the first time, humans can see light pulses on the fly. Because this technique advances the imaging frame rate by orders of magnitude, we now enter a new regime to open up new visions. Each new technique, especially one of a quantum leap forward, is always followed a number of new discoveries. It’s our hope that CUP will enable new discoveries in science-ones that we can’t even anticipate yet.”
The 2D camera encompasses a series of devices like high powered microscopes and telescopes to capture dynamic natural and physical phenomena. The actual images are created on a personal computer using the raw data. This type of technology is known as computational imaging.
Richard Conroy, program director of optical imaging at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering said, “This is an exciting advance and the type of groundbreaking work that these high-risk NIH awards are designed to support. These ultrafast cameras have the potential to greatly enhance our understanding of very fast biological interactions and chemical processes and allow us to build better models of complex, dynamical systems.”